Explain differentiation theory of perceptual development

Perceptual development changes dramatically over the first year of an infant’s life. Eleanor and James Gibson’s differentiation theory discusses how perceptual development unfolds during this time period. In this discussion we will explore these concepts further.

As you create your discussion post, consider the following:

  • Have you seen a child slow as he/she approaches a step? How about a child that jumps full force into a swimming pool? These are both examples of perceptual development. Should parents’ watch their child’s every step, or is it necessary for the child to fall and learn for themselves?

By the end of this discussion, you will be able to:

  • Discuss changes in hearing, depth and pattern perception, and intermodal perception that occur during infancy.
  • Explain differentiation theory of perceptual development